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#53 Not Quite Ready For Prime Time – Our First Live Show

23 Feb , 2011  

Our first ever live show. Excuse the mess. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed doing it. Going forward, you can listen to our unedited live stream on Wednesday evenings beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern at whatdrives.us/live

Big thanks to special guest Von Rogers of Express Way Chrysler in Evansville, Indiana for coming on and talking about Chrysler’s offerings.

Show Notes:

BMW makes the futurecar commitment and launches “i”, Apple lawyers sharpen their pencils and creative people around the world go, “whathaf*ck, is the best they could do?”
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/21/bmw-launches-new-i-brand-focused-on-e…

Volvo leapfrogs toyota with V60 or not?
http://www.allcarselectric.com/blog/1055663_2012-volvo-v60-plug-in-hybri…

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#52 Inside the Nissan Leaf with David Laur

19 Feb , 2011  

We talk about the Leaf with owner Dave Laur and then run through the weekly news. Complete show notes below.

Show notes:

Bad name, cool concept, awesome specs, most likely link bait
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/etox-plans-all-electric-zafer-sportsc…

Honda to unveil Fit EV in Geneva because doing something like this in the US would send the wrong message
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/11/honda-to-unveil-new-ev-in-geneva-said…

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#51 Don’t Post That Photo

9 Feb , 2011  

Danny Cooper, Russell Frost and Jason Holder discuss a ton of news this week. See the show notes below details and links. Watch the enhanced version of the show for the images and links as well.

Show Notes:

Photo of the week
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/06/mercedes-f-cell-world-drive-gets-off-…

Great commercial, bad idea, facebook voice integration in the new chevy cruze
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/05/chevy-cruze-to-read-facebook-feeds-ma…

Battery “myths” maybe not so mythic, maybe so
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/02/nj-ev-owner-with-50-000-miles-logged-…

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#50 Special Guest: Toyota’s Doug Coleman

5 Feb , 2011  

We spend an hour talking to Toyota Motor Sales USA’s Doug Coleman, who is the Prius Product manager. Doug has seen the Prius through almost it’s entire history with Toyota and has many fascinating insights in Prius’ history as well some awesome sneak peeks into the future of the Prius family.

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#47 Dressed For It

12 Jan , 2011  

Ford has a big week, figures out they can scoop NAIAS by releasing news at CES the week before.
C-Max’s
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/10/ford-announces-c-max-hybrid-and-c-max…
And Mulally rams the point home on how cool CES is (and he’s dead on right)
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/ford-motor-company-ceo-alan-mulally-t…
3 million SYNC systems installed in Fords
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/04/ford-installs-sync-in-more-than-3-mil…

Who was recently talking about mounting iPads in dashes? Maybe it was…US
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/visteon-puts-an-ipad-in-a-car-dashboa…

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#46 An Historic And Proud Day For All Orange Americans

5 Jan , 2011  

Danny and Russell are joined by Linda Weidemann and Jason Holder. This week they discuss SUVs, quick chargers for EVs, Fisker Karma and Tesla Model S pricing, something called the Wheego, a funny looking electric bike, Toyota’s Entune system and make some NAIAS predictions.

TOPICS:

SUVs lead US auto sales
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/29/AR201012…

EV quick chargers
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/chademo-ev-quick-chargers-to-get-wide…

The Karma gets marked up to $95k and Tesla assures everyone the Model S will stay at $57K, Which is the path to success?
http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/02/tesla-assures-57k-model-s-will-be-pro…

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#44 Antler Marks

8 Dec , 2010  

This week Russell & Danny are joined by Linda, Tony and Jason and special guest Paul Guzyk of Boulder Hybrid Conversion (boulderhc.com). This week we talk about little batteries, Brabus Green Package for Tesla, the feds loan out supercomputers, Honda dumps the price on the Insight and much more. See our weekly show notes at whatdrives.us for a complete listing and links.

Special Guest: Paul Guzyk of Boulder Hybrid Conversions and 3 Prong Power

Show Notes:

Toyota and Daimler take the Tesla path for EVs/plug-ins
http://www.newstimes.com/business/article/At-a-Glance-Automakers-adopt-T…

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#41 Dynamic Duo

12 Nov , 2010  

This week, Russell, Danny, Linda and Jason discuss dumb surveys, the Fiat 500 we might never see, single distance guessestimes, the “world’s safest” Prius and much more. See our show notes for a complete listing and links.

Show notes:
Respondents offer no surprises in what might be the dumbest survey ever
http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1051363_survey-more-would-tak…

Tesla losing money but still on track with the Model S
http://www.caradvice.com.au/90916/tesla-spending-big-to-build-model-s/

Semi-mythical Chrysler still years away from getting anything but news stories
http://wot.motortrend.com/6701647/green/chrysler-finalizes-battery-suppl…

Single distance estimates are misleading
http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/254040/

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#40 I Look Great On Radio

3 Nov , 2010  

Show notes:

Discussion: The Twilight of hybrids?
Are we seeing the last of the hybrids cars as more EVs are announced and coming to market? Has the hybrid technology bridge been crossed?

Volt Z-Spec concept announced, potential owners of potential Volts go wild for potential design coming in a time to be announced sometime in the future
http://gm-volt.com/2010/11/03/chevrolet-volt-z-spec-concept-unveiled/

New EV supercar
http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/01/li-ion-motors-inizio-all-electric-sup…

Better Places ev taxi coming to SF
http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/31/better-places-electric-taxis-coming-t…

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